New feature: find sets by release date

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What sets were released in January this year? Which Technic sets were released last summer? It's hard to remember, isn't it, and until now it's been hard to find out because while we record the date that items are first sold there's been no way to query that data easily.

So, I've added a new feature to simplify things. You can now view two lists: one that provides a summary of which sets were released when, in date order, and another that provides the same information but in theme order.

I'll explain where the data comes from after the break.


Brickset has been a LEGO affiliate, on the Rakuten (formerly Linkshare) affiliate network, since 24th October 2007. Being part of that gives us access to a product feed that contains information about everything that's for sale at LEGO.com. We download it overnight, every night.

When sets appear in it for the first time, we record the date in the database, and when they disappear we record the date they were last seen.

These new lists surface 12 years of this information in an easily-digestable format.

There are a few caveats about the data:

  • Only sets that were/are sold at LEGO.com will appear in the lists
  • Sets that are available to VIPs early do not appear in the product feed until the general release date
  • Sets that are immediately on back order on their official release date do not appear in the product feed until they are in stock
  • The data in the product feed is often a few days behind the data on LEGO.com
  • If you view the lists from Europe or Australia/NZ you'll see European release dates, otherwise you'll see US release dates.

I hope you find them useful.

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Check back in a few days for an article in which I will be finding out which sets have been on sale for the longest and for the shortest length of time at LEGO.com...

34 comments on this article

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By in Australia,

This is very interesting but have there ever been big differences in release dates for different countries? If so, how will that work for the database?

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By in United Kingdom,

If you are in Europe (or Australasia where you are serviced from the European warehouse) the lists will use European release dates, otherwise they'll use US ones.

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By in United Kingdom,

Excellent, thankyou be very interested in Lengthy or Short lived for sale sets. I'm sure we all have the one that only appeared to be available for 2 weeks and we missed (he said having bought a lot of Brickheadz on ebay) OR In my case a large set I bought as I was convinced would be sold out very soon, only for it still to be on sale a year later.

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By in Sweden,

Can you please make it possible to change if you see European or US info? I travel a lot and sometimes order stuff from the US and sometimes Europe and its nice to choose. :) I'm probably a rare case though!

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By in United Kingdom,

yes it's really useful!!

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By in United Kingdom,

A very nice feature although the December releases can be a bit confusing when tallying numbers of sets released in a year with sets filtered by year since most if not all December sets are labelled with the following year.
Still, for a completionist like myself, it provides an additional view on how complete their completion is! :-)

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By in United States,

Thanks Huw! This is very helpful. Any plans to manually put in data for sets before October 2007?

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By in Germany,

Hi Huw,
Is it possible to order the sets within a year also by month?
If you look for all sets of a specific theme and order them by year released (desc), you get the January sets first and the later sets later, so after Dez 19 follows Jan 18, Feb 18, ..., Dez 18, Jan 17, ...
Best, Ronald.

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By in United Kingdom,

@SweSarah , click on the flag top right to change your country.

@SeanTheCollector , you are right. We record the (c) date as the year released in the database, not the year the set appeared on the shelves or at LEGO.com.

@chuckschwa , no, unless you're volunteering :)

@rmarkworth , not currently.

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By in Netherlands,

A really welcome feature, thank you.

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By in United States,

I am sure resellers might find use in this, thanks for the co tinued improvements of the page.

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By in United States,

This is great. Thank you very much!

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By in United States,

I've been wanting to see this for quite some time and just didn't realize it! Thanks so much, it's very convenient and interesting.

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By in United States,

Is there any way you could make it possible to make custom queries for parts?

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By in Denmark,

Why are all the LEGO sets released at the end of December always listed as January sets?

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By in United States,

These are the types of things that put Brickset above every other Lego website out there, and the reason we can never say thank you enough. Thank you all team members of Brickset :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks very much for your hard work, it's an interesting feature.

As an aside am I the only person who misses the little VIP offer calendar at the top of the Buy page?
I found it really usefull to check what and when the gift with purchases are available.

At the moment there's a free Avengers Tower again, which I didn't know. I'm currently waiting for the Christmas tree and I keep having to check Lego's site.

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By in United Kingdom,

@KyloRen0806, because, as stated above, we record the (c) date on the box as the release year.

@starwarsfan14, I miss it too but unfortunately LEGO does not provide the information in a timely manner any more, or indeed at all, so we can't show it.

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By in Germany,

This is great and very useful indeed. Thank you. One of the many reasons why Brickset to me is better than the rest.

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By in Malaysia,

Hmm, the set on sale the longest I'd guess as being either Tower Bridge or the original Death Star playset. It could be the VW camper van though.

Shortest time is much trickier (if you exclude brand new sets) - lots of sets were only available for 6 months, but there's bound to be a few that for whatever reason were only available for a month or two. Maybe something like the original Architecture Las Vegas skyline set? Although I'm not sure that was ever officially released.

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By in United States,

Yes!

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By in Malaysia,

I've just ran a rough query for longest sets, and it really depends what you class as a set! Currently it's Tower Bridge with 8yrs 3 months, closely followed by VW camper at 8yrs 1 month, but which is also still available, so will pass Tower Bridge in about 2 months.

But technically 7895 Switching Tracks is a set, and was been available from 2006 (database shows 2007) to Oct 2018, which is about 12 years. Road baseplates though, were available from 2005 (db again says 2007) until Dec 2018, which is about 13 years.

None of these can beat 2304 Large Building Plate though, which is still available 27 years after being released in 1992 (although the db again says 2007).

Do Duplo baseplates count as a set? I suspect not for this purpose. What about the train tracks? Technically they are, but do you count them for this purpose?

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By in United States,

An excellent feature! More classification and easy division of products for users to find exactly what we're looking for.

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By in United States,

Thank you @Huw for not only maintaining this site, but also continually improving on it. Brickset is a resource we can always count on and it just keeps getting better.

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By in Germany,

My guess for the longest running product would be the large 48x48 grey baseplate, first released in 1964 as 799, then in 1980 as 843 and later as 628 from 1996 and still sold as 10701 nowadays. Granted, it changed its "set" number as well as the shade of grey, but basically it is still the same product it was almost 55 years ago.
And even if one only counts the light grey era it would still be about 40 years from 1964 to around 2003/4/5 or whenever the change to light bluish grey occurred for this baseplate.

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By in United States,

Thank you for the new feature!

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By in Switzerland,

Thanks
I had a look. Very helpful.
And I like that when it has only one set, this set is directly named and linked.
Are the "gear" excluded?
For sets earlier than 2008 and which have the field "First sold" e.g. USA: Oct 07, UK/EU: Oct 07, would it be possible to use this information to add them to the search result?

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By in United States,

Looks like there are a few bugs to fix in the system. I noticed for example a 2005 Bionicle set (Toa Hordika Vakama) listed under a 2008 release date on the list.

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By in United Kingdom,

@yap, as the data gathering started in October 2007, sets with that date will not be accurate so I decided to exclude 2007 from the list.

@xboxtravis7992, which set? It is possible it came back into stock, or that it shares a set number with a later set?

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By in Germany,

Nice and thanks a lot^^

Oddly enough that's a feature I wanted a long time but didn't realise xD

Actually it makes a lot of sense too to start a bit late in the year list, since the whole change from Full Year cycle to Half Year cycle didn't start up until 2001 and wasn't fully developed to our current state up until the mid 2000's.

I guess a lot of set statistics will begin to make a whole lot more sense in the coming months if some of my guesses are right ;)

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By in United States,

I love this site and every new feature that is added. Is it possible to add this data into the “Sort by” drop down on different areas of the site? That way we can see when sets we own were available.

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By in Latvia,

This is a cool new feature that I didn't know I needed!

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By in United Kingdom,

A great new feature, which I’ll find very useful.
Thank you @Huw

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By in United States,

cool. now i can find the new sets i want to get.

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